We heaved a sigh of relief when we first visited The Orchid. Not just because it took us a while to find the first time around, you understand, but because someone finally succeeded in creating a truly chic and comfortable hutong hotel in our beloved city.
Situated in the maze of lanes surrounding the city’s ancient Drum and Bell towers, The Orchid feels like a hidden gem from the outset.
As you slip down the barely visible alley that constitutes the hotel’s entrance off Baochao Hutong, you might want to avert your eyes as you pass the back door of a grubby local kitchen and focus on the gleaming white oasis of cool up ahead. For once inside, you’ll enter a tranquil little world where traditional Chinese roofs meet modern white balconettes* and the hustle and bustle of the city simply melts away.